Wise words from Henri Nouwen. Often we approach things like the spiritual disciplines as exercises in losing ourselves – but they’re not, they’re about opening our lives to being shaped for the true intention of our humanity, thus they bring desires into the ordered state they were intended for to help direct our lives.
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday and marked the beginning of Lent even though, for many of us, the season really begins the day before with the celebration of Shrove Tuesday, before beginning the sombre journey of the 40 day lenten path to the cross. Ash Wednesday and the journey of Lent is something I am becoming known for and I’ve been … Read More
This week I’ve gotten back on my bike to make my daily commute to and from the TEAR Fund office. It comes a month after being off it due to wanting to give my eye time to recover from surgery without subjecting it to the winter weather. Even before that though, my riding this year hasn’t been as consistent as … Read More
Dear God, I like to hang out with you but recently I’ve lamented with a couple of friends about how it takes discipline. You see, I know silence, prayer, absorbing the scriptures etc are good and for the most part I really enjoy them but they don’t come easily often enough. They take conscious effort and the discipline of routine. … Read More
Yesterday, after speaking at The Well in Christchurch and moving everyone into a period of silence, I facilitated Holy Communion/Eucharist. I enjoy speaking and delivering sermons. It’s always a privilege to be invited to speak anywhere and it’s an important part of what I believe I’m supposed to be doing and an important part of my work with TEAR Fund, … Read More
This was a question asked of me on my former blogging platform. Here’s the answer I gave: That’s an interesting question. The short answer is, nothing. I can’t make an experience with God happen. But I guess you’re asking because you’ve read the stuff I’ve written here and here on the practice of silence and about the retreat I did … Read More
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